Tuesday, December 12, 2017

And.... it's live!

After it's year and a half in the sun in and around the festival circuit it's finally time to put my short film online. So here it is: 9.5 minutes in full! Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Festival Awards, Nominations and Selections

Ticking Away has had a nice festival run over the last two years. We are preparing it now for an online release for everyone to see. Though it was made for viewing in a cinema theatre, it'll be nice to have it online for everyone to enjoy.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

ShortCutz Amsterdam winner of the month!

Whoop whoop! Ticking Away is winner of the month at ShortCutz Amsterdam and NOMINATED FOR BEST FILM at the 4th Shortcutz Amsterdam Annual Awards. That's our THIRD nomination after HAFF MovieZone and Snake Alley Festival of Film!

Next stop; the finals in EYE on January 23rd!

Read the lovely comments by the jury:

- 'Very intriguing and well made. Good music.’ producer Jeroen Koolbergen (Tirza, Suskind)

- 'My absolute favorite for this month. Wonderful, touching story and beautifully animated. I watched it several times.’ documentary producer Harmen Jalvingh (Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies, Parts of a Family)

- 'A deeply moving story, beautifully animated and with a great score.’ producer Jan Doense aka Mr Horror

- 'Just stunning and so heartfelt.' Street Artist Laser 3.14

- 'Magical and of international quality.’ director Roel Reiné (Michiel de Ruyter, Death Race 2 & 3)

- ‘Really touched me.’ actor Tygo Gernandt (Van God Los, Het Schnitzelparadijs)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Encounters Film and Animation Festival Bristol

We're very pleased and absolutely honored to be selected for the competition of Encounters Film and Animation Festival 2016 in Bristol, the UK’s leading short film and animation festival!

Ticking Away will be screened in "Animation 5 - A Look Inside":

"This programme lifts the lid on aspects of medical, emotional and other psychological conditions. Memory, ageing and perception are explored in this spectacular array of films."

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Snake Alley Festival of Film

Hurray!! Ticking Away was nominated for "Best Animation Short" at the Snake Alley Festival of Film 2016!

Friday, May 6, 2016

ShortCutz Amsterdam

We have been selected for the ShortCutz festival. On June 7th, 20:00 we will be screening and 'Q and A'd' at Sociëteit de Kring at the Leidseplein in Amsterdam.

See you there!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

MovieZone Nomination at the Holland Animation Film Festival

At the Holland Animation Film Festival 2016  we were nominated for a MovieZone HAFF Award.

Flattering words from the jury:

"The first nominated film is … Ticking Away by Michael Sewnarain
The contrast in colours accompanied by a mesmerizing soundtrack, gives this film a weight of emotion; told as loudly as a silent film possibly could. A story so captivating, it doesn’t leave your mind the moment it fades from the screen. Truly a masterpiece with an animation style that matches its excellence."

Here's the juryrapport.


Michael Minneboo did an interview with me for a special edition of the VPRO TV guide (a dutch broadcaster) dedicated to the Holland Animation Film Festival 2016.
You can read the interview here (in Dutch).

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Ticking Away at the Holland Animation Film Festival 2016

The Holland Animation Film Festival 2016 will be held from the 16th to (and including) the 20th of March in Utrecht. Ticking Away will be having it's world premiere at this festival. Here are the screening dates and veneus for our film.

We have been selected for the National as well as the International Competition programs AND our film will be among the selection in the opening night program, screening what the HAFF considers to be the highlights of the festival!

We are very honored to have our film welcomed so warmly into the festival circuit.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

World premier at the Holland Animation Film Festival

Great news, the Holland Animation Film Festival in Utrecht has selected our film for their 2016 edition! We are very honored that they wil be hosting the world premier!

Ticking Away will run in both the national AND the international competition.

Poster designed by BLEXBOLEX

Here's what they say in their announcement:

"We are happy to announce that we will be hosting the world premieres of the Dutch short Ticking Away by Michael Sewnarain [...]! ...

Ticking Away, Michael Sewnarain (2015)

Through the Cinecrowd crowdfunding website, filmmaker Michael Sewnarain secured sufficient funds to realise his dream short Ticking Away. The breathtaking result can be watched for the first time at our festival. Ticking Away tells the story of a soured watchmaker, who is lonely but likes his job. His life hasn’t exactly been easy. One evening, a strange man brings him a very special watch to repair...

Michael Sewnarain is an animation filmmaker, story-artist and illustrator with a field experience of over twenty years. His short film 'Rain' (2005) was selected and shown on many international film festivals. Apart from developing and working on his own film ideas, he regularly collaborates on commercial productions, television specials and feature films. Working with internationally renowned directors like Joanna Quinn, Peter Dodd and Piet Kroon.

Ticking Away is also selected for the competition Dutch animation."

See where they say the result is 'breathtaking'...? Makes us very proud!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Promotional Stills

We've lifted some stills from the film for festival and promotional purposes. Hopefully it'll help to get us selected. And to get some pants (and skirts) in those cinema seats.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Model Reference Sculpture

Here's a little bust of my main character that I modeled long ago. 

It's quite rough but it helped me better understand the structure of his head. During production, while I was animating, I kept it within reach for reference, and when I happened to loose track of his structure, volumes and proportions this little fella helped me out quite a lot. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Foley and Final Mix at Bob Kommer Studio's

After recording and mixing our musical score at Studio Dada in Brussels we did the foley recording and final soundmix at Bob Kommer Studio's in The Hague.

Foley recording is the art of adding sound effects to the film by creating those sounds, using everyday objects, during a live studio recording.

Here's Jeroen, creating every squeak, crack and whistle for our film.

Robin brought his parent's antique pendule so we could record the right tone and resonance of an old wooden grandfather clock. In front of that is my old pocketwatch. Long broken but perfectly suitable for these purposes (and no, we didn't smash them). 

After that we created our final soundmix, sculpting a perfect 5.1 surround track for cinema screens as well as a stereomix for smaller festivals and venues. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Recording Music in Brussel

It's been a while since my last update.

The fact is it's been crazy busy in the last stages of production. Finishing up all the visuals, coloring animation, correcting, recoloring, sound FX and foley recording and mixing took it's due toll. But it's 99,9% done! Almost there!

In June, shortly after my session with the composer Reinhard Vanbergen, we went to Studio Dada in Brussels to record the music with a chamber orchestra complemented with additional percussion. Just the right amount of musical instruments for an intimate story like Ticking Away. It was a nice adventure and a great privilege to have had these tremendously talented professionals performing just for us.

Reinhard Vanbergen getting ready for our day-long recording session.   

Geert Calleart on the piano.

Gaetan La Mela working the vibraphone.

Gaetan brings out the big guys!

Punishing those kettledrums.

All is cool at mission control.

Our string quartet getting ready.

And performing.

End of day. An abandoned music studio is a melancholy sight.

Reinhard Vanbergen getting comfortable for an evening of mixing.

Button, buttons! Don't push the red one! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

We made it!

And now it's official! We made it, thanks to YOU!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us get the message around. And to all the funders. The were a couple of very generous anonymous ones; thank you guys, I have no way of knowing who you are but I'm very grateful.

Monday, July 20, 2015


Here's some more animation, cleaned up this time, for our project.
Background is by Brun Croes. Animation by me.
We're on 77% and we only have a few more days to go, so help us out and donate here if you can:

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Framed Still For Our Supporters

When you choose to support us for the 500 euro reward you get all of the rewards from 25 euro on and on top of that you receive a framed still (A4) from the film. Since we will pick out this still together with you, it will be a unique artwork to hang on your wall and dazzle your friends.

Go check out our rewards on http://cinecrowd.com/ticking-away and help us reach our goal!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Background Paintings

Here are some full-color background paintings for Ticking Away. Colored by Brun Croes.
If you like these, you can help us finish the film. Our crowdfunding is still running, but running out of time. We only have 10 days left! So please go here and donate if you can:

Friday, July 10, 2015

Roughs and cleanups

To keep things going; here's some rough animation, followed by cleanups.
If you like it, you can give us a hand in completing the film.


Thursday, July 9, 2015


Here's some more artwork. These are the B/W layouts drawings for the animation scenes. Eventually they were colored in by Brun Croes. (I'll post some of those colored BG's later.) A fair portion of these will be included in the 'Making Of' book, btw.

And please don't forget to donate if you can! Help us finish this thing, we only have 16 days left and that's not a lot.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Making Of Book

Curious about the rewards we offer for our crowdfunding campaign?

One of them is the “Making of Ticking Away” hardcover book. An inside look at what is needed when making an animated film. It will include the complete storyboard, layout drawings, development sketches and background paintings. Also included is behind the scenes information about the development of the film.
The book is one of the rewards you get when you support us for 250 EUR. We’ll also mention you in the credits. On top of that you get all the rewards of the lower amounts: the wallpaper, mp3, a signed Ticking Away DVD, flipbook, a ticket for the Dutch premier and the Best of CinéTé DVD.


Here are some samples of the storyboard: